It took almost 18 years of negotiations to get there, but the end of 2020 brought passage of the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that with Covid-19 ravaging the Navajo Nation where over 40% of Navajo homes in San Juan County have no running water, the House and Senate finally reached a bipartisan agreement to approve the Act. The Act was approved as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260, December 27, 2020).
The Act provides $220 million in funding for water projects in San Juan County, leading Tribal, State and county officials to strategize on how to implement the projects.